Jan '05--Greetings All! As of right now I am currently in the gathering-info-getting-a-referral stage of things. Stay tuned for further bulletins as the situation warrants... ;)
1/19/05--Well as of now I have a Primary doctor, something I've never had before in my life! He put me on a HBP medicine and is sending my referral to the Alaska Bariatric Center. So I should hear something from them next week...the journey begins! :)
1/26/05--Made my appointment for my Orientation next week 2/2/05. So we shall see what we shall see...!
2/3/05--Had my Orientation yesterday so I'm kind of on my way! Filling out of paperwork and discussion was much in evidence...now just waiting to hear from them for my first appt. with Dr. Todd. Also have an appt. with my Primary Care doc to start the official 6mo Supervised Diet Program...since I'm SURE my insurance is going to ask for that. Now if I can only talk my doctor into putting those notes into the first appt. I had with him in January... :)
4/29/05--Well all my pre-op appointments are finished and now I'm in the middle of my 6mo evaluation. That will be finished in July. Then the fun insurance submitting portion begins...keeping my fingers crossed! :)
7/8/05--Finally finished my 6 month evaluation and on 7/14 I go in to the doctor to give them all my paperwork which they will then submit to the insurance company. The one good thing is that on the 6mo plan I lost 35lbs...woohoo! 'Course that still leaves 140lbs or so to go... :)
7/21/05--WooHoo!! I turned in all my final paperwork on 7/14 and on 7/19 I got the message that my insurance had been approved...it only took 2 1/2 business days to complete...wow! Dr. Todd is out of town this week, but hopefully I will be hearing from his office next week to set up a surgery date...things are getting closer every day! :)
WOO HOO!!!! After all the waiting I finally got my surgery date...August 16th!!
On Wednesday at the SGM Dr. Todd had said I would get a call the next day. So all day Thursday at work I was waiting for that special call. I get off work at 6:00pm...and just when I'd given up hope...at 5:57pm I get the call...woohoo! :)
I could have actually been scheduled for Aug 8 if I'd wanted, but after previously talking it over with my work I decided to give it a week, the better to get prepared and all. But at last the time is here...soon I'll be able to sample the joys of puréed food as well..! :) My final appointment for the docs is on 8/4...after that the journey begins...! Ciaofernow folks! ^_^
8/23/05--Well I had the surgery on 8/19/05...the hospital stay was awful because I got no sleep over the whole weekend...but I feel lot's better now!
9/4/05--As of today I've lost about 22 lbs...woohoo! :)
9/18/05--Still plugging along...not completely healed (I can only lay on my side for a little while before becoming uncomfortable) but well on my way. Tomorrow will be my one month anniversary and I've lost 36lbs...for a total of 78 lbs since I started the whole journey back in Feb of '05...woohoo!
9/26/05--Greetings All! Well it's been right about 5 weeks since surgery and I seem to be doing great! As of this morning I am down to 272lbs. A loss of 44lbs since surgery and a total loss of 86lbs since I started looking into this back in Jan. of '05...woohoo!
I sometimes almost feel guilty when talking to folks about my progress because I've not had any of the "normal" problems that most folks have had yet! I've not been sick at all and I've not had any problems with any food I've tried so far. Which is a good thing I know, but it kind of worries me a little bit because if I can eat anything, that means the potential TO eat anything is still there, and I was really hoping to have some of that choice taken away from me after the surgery! :)
I haven't tried any sweets yet...mainly 'cause I'm scared to try...if I eat them and find that it doesn't bother me at all...well that's more temptation than I wish to deal with right now! :)
But on to good things...I've found the Obesityhelp Singles Message board and it's great! There's lot's of friendly folks there and a bunch of flirting...which I LOVE to do! ;)
There are also some very sexy women hanging out there! There's one in particular...woohoo! She was down in the dumps yesterday...we talked via email for a bit and I ended up calling her...and we talked for I believe almost 3 hours! It was great! I had a wonderful time chatting with her...we were both very open with each other. That's one of the good things about talking online for me...I can be very open and tell folks things that you'd never talk about on a first date face to face...including some pretty personal stuff! *blush*
Well that's about it for right now...feeling pretty good for the most part and losing a average of a pound a day....later updates as the situation warrants! :)
9/29/05--WooHoo! Hit the big 45 today! That's 45 pounds lost in just six weeks! (Well technically it will be 6 weeks tomorrow so that's even better!) It's only a pound more than the last time I posted but still...45 lbs has a nice, full ring to it don't you think? I do! :) Down to 271...less than 100 pounds to go to my target weight of 180..here I come! :)
10/7/05--Hit a small plateau recently...I was down to 270.5 and then gained up to 271.4 and have been there for the last couple days. Kind of a bummer to hit this so early in...it's been 7 weeks today. I've been working on my treadmill most every day so maybe I'm building up muscle instead, eh? ;) I also had a good thing happen the other day. I got a email out of the blue from a lady here in town that said she thought I was cute! I had made a post on my local GBS board joking about not being cute to women and I guess she saw it and responded! :) I'm gonna try to take a couple self-portrait pics this weekend to show the rest of me and not just a headshot...gotta tease the wild ladies out there! heh heh heh...
10/16/05--Well this last week I started losing again. I am now at 265 lbs. Which is 51 pounds down in 2 months and two days..WooHoo!
Now I'm a total of 93 lbs down from my heaviest...so I'm debating whether to count myself a member of the "Century Club" when I hit 100 total pounds lost from my heaviest weight...which is only 7 lbs away...or whether to wait until I've actually lost 100 lbs as a direct result of the surgery...which is still 49 lbs away...? Decisions, decisions.. :)
I've been hanging out at the Obesityhelp.com singles board a lot recently...it's a great site that has lot's of friendly folks...many of them beautiful ladies! :) I've struck up friendships with several of them...one of them is wonderful...we've talked on the phone for many hours and who knows what may happen. But I live so far apart from all of them and I'm still not sure that a long distance relationship can work. I had one once before and it didn't work out so well...But right now we are just good friends...she herself has said that and that if something happens all is good but we are not "rushing" into anything.
We are just friends for the moment. Which in a way is bad, because I do like her, but there's the whole distance thing...but on the other hand it's good because I've been flirting with several of the women on this board...and I've had some pretty intense conversations and some very provocative cam shows with some of them...modesty prevents me from naming names.. ;) And that is something I could not do if the young lady and I were a couple. I'm not that kind of guy. I'm very open and honest and willing to try many things...but sneaking around behind someone's back is not one of them...
Well that's it for now till I feel like posting again... :)
10/27/05--Yesterday I stepped on the scale and I'm down to 258 lbs...which is 58 lbs since surgery...but since I started this journey in January I've lost 100 POUNDS...WooHoo!! I'm a member of the Century Club at last!! :)
11/06/05--Today I tried on a old pair of jeans and they fit! What's better is that they are a size 42...which is SIX sizes less then the size 54 I was wearing back in March...WooHoo!! ^_^
11/25/05--Now the size 42 jeans that I tried on in the last post are too loose as well...and I'm out of old pants so it's looking like it's time to see what's at the thrift store...the last time I was there they didn't have any jeans I could wear...they were all too small...but now maybe I'll be able to squeeze into something! WooHoo!
Also, just had Thanksgiving yesterday, the first one since my surgery in August. I was a good boy and just had turkey and green beans and about three bites of stuffing. Later I celebrated with some sugar free/fat free ice cream...yummy!
Just looked at the pictures on my profile and realized I've already lost over thirty more pounds since they were taken in October...it might be almost time to update them again! :)
12/16/05--Well, I'm still wearing that pair of jeans...but they are pretty darn baggy and I've just been too broke/lazy to head to the thrift store to try to get some new clothes. Although, I'm kind of suspecting that I might get a few gift certificates for clothes stores this Christmas! :) I'm down another couple pounds to 234..and I'm closing in on 220lbs, which is kind of a small goal, because 220 was how much I weighed for many years during my young adult life...before I started ballooning up that is! ;) But it's only 14 pounds away...woohoo!
12/27/05--Well, Christmas is over for another year...but New Year's still coming! I didn't get any gift cards for clothes stores as I thought I might...but I did get some bucks from my mother so I went out yesterday to our local thrift store and bought $60.00 worth of clothes...something I almost never do; but the clothes I had were all too big so it was time! :)
I bought a new jacket for 30 bucks...which I didn't really want to do, as my current leather jacket cost me 90 bucks and is only a year or so old...but the damn thing was way too big on me...which is a good thing I suppose! :) I also bought some new pants...and they are size 40...I've now gone down EIGHT sizes since about July or so...from 56 to 40...woohoo!
But the best news is that I went to buy some short sleeved button up shirts for work...and the ones I found that fit were in the section marked Large...NOT 3XL...or 2XL...OR even XL...just Large! Even 'tho our thrift store is not the best when it comes to tagging their items with the correct size (2 of my three pairs of 40 pants were tagged as 38's) that was still a VERY cool thing to see! I haven't bought any new t-shirts or pullover shirts yet so I'm not sure if they will be large or what...but soon I will find out! :)
Well that's about it 'till the urge to post strikes me again...
01/05/06--Had some more good news this last weekend...a friend got me a t-shirt for Christmas...I tried it on and it is a very tiny bit tight, but it fits...and it is a LARGE size! Not 3XL or 2XL or even XL....but LARGE! WooHoo! I haven't worn a Large size shirt for probably 8 years or more...things are getting better all the time!
02/02/06--Well, the whole weight loss has definitely slowed down now...I usually lose anywhere from 1-2 pounds a week...three on a good day! :) Today, in a couple hours, I'm going to my doc for my six month appointment. So far, I feel pretty good...we'll see if the doc says the same!
On another note, a couple weeks ago I went out on a date...the first one I've had in about 5 years or so! She is actually a nurse at my doctor's office...which is interesting...I had a nice time certainly, but I'm not sure if this is going to go anywhere or not...she and I are fairly different...and I don't really feel any "chemistry" between us... But what will be will be I guess. It's just cool right now that I've changed so much that some women have noticed me again! :) It was weird...the same week that she and I made arrangements for our date, I also got a email from someone else who lives here in town and wanted to talk. I emailed her a couple times, but have not talked to her "in person" yet. Well we'll see how everything goes...so long till the urge to post strikes me again! :)
02/03/06--Well, just had to make another entry 'cause of the milestones hit today! First, today is the 6 month anniversary of my surgery. Second, this morning I dropped down to 215 pounds, which is significant for a couple reasons. I haven't weighed this little for probably 15-20 years...and this weight brings me down from Severely Obese to only Obese! :) Third, this marks my losing 100 pounds as a direct result of the surgery...WooHoo! Actually, it's 101 pounds...which makes a total of 143 pounds lost since this time last year...hooray!! :) :)
03/17/06--Happy St. Patty's Day all! It's been over a month since my last update, so thought I'd post a brief note. Not too much weight-wise going on. Today I'm down to 205lbs; which is only five pounds lost since my last post 1 1/2 months ago...the weight's dropping pretty slowly these days...but it's still dropping so that's good! And I believe I'm still losing inches, 'cause a coat that I bought in the beginning of January that was a bit snug on me is now too loose! Not a lot loose, but there's a definite difference from when I first bought it...WooHoo! :)
At the end of February, I went to Tennessee for the weekend with a bunch of folks from the WLS Singles Messageboard and had a blast! I got to meet lot's of folks I'd only been able to talk to online before...including my sweetie, Barb! :) We finally got to meet and had a great time! Especially after Sunday morning, when most of the folks had left and it was just her and I in the cabin by ourselves. ;) It was wonderful, because for the brief time of Sunday afternoon to Monday afternoon, I had a real girlfriend! :)
Unfortunately, we had to part and go to our separate states...ah well. :( We've made tentitive plans to have me visit her later this summer, but I don't know if I will or not. We're not a couple because of our respective situations and the fact that we live so far away; and it's too hard on me to act like we are and have a long distance relationship. So at this moment I don't think I will go down there...but only time will tell I suppose...
Well, that's about it for the time being....'till I feel like posting again...ciaofornow! :)
04/07/06--Greetings All! Well, the weight is still coming off...but it's verrry slooow right now... :) I've been at, or been fluctuating around, 203lbs for about three weeks now; and this morning, the scale said 205...yuk! But I don't put tons of stock into that, because I do weigh myself every day, even 'tho we're not supposed to... ;)
Since I passed all my other milestones, I'm very anxious to reach my next one...which is to drop below 200lbs...I'm so close!! :)
I found out something cool the other day. I was transferring some video to DVD, and put in a tape of a play I did back in 1985...21 years ago! I looked and realized that I was heavier then than I am now...three years out of high school! So I can now say that I weigh less now than at any time in my entire adult life...WooHoo!! :)
So now, I'll just work on still trying to eat well and sticking to my Monday-Friday workout, and keep waiting for that magic 199lbs to appear...so long 'till I feel like posting again! :)
05/02/06--Greetings All! Just wanted to drop a brief note to say that this morning I finally hit under 200 pounds...WooHoo! The scale this morning said 199 lbs...and it hasn't said that since sometime in high school...at least 24 years ago...wow! I was between 205-203 for about the last two months...it's great to see the scale moving! :) So long 'till I feel like posting again! :)
05/19/06--Greetings All! Well, it seems like this month has been pretty good so far! I was reading my previous post and realized that I've lost 5 pounds in the last 17 days...which is much better than the previous couple months...WooHoo! My one year anniversary will be August 19, and I only need to lose 14 more pounds to reach my goal...so hopefully I can do it...time will tell! So long 'till I feel like posting again!
06/13/06--Greetings All! Well, D-Day is getting closer...on August 19, 2006 it will be my one year anniversary of this surgery...woohoo! Also this morning the scale said 189 pounds... :) 'Tho I haven't actually put that weight on my profile yet. I always like to check the next day to see if the new weight is still showing...if it is, then I count it. But on more than one occasion, the scale goes back to the previous day's weight before "settling down" :) So, if it still says 189 tomorrow then I will count that as my official weight and will be in the "80's" at last! That will make only nine pounds to go to reach my Goal Weight of 180 pounds!
I also just finished the Renaissance Faire again this last weekend. It was pretty cool freaking out several folks that I usually only see during this time...I got that Double Take more than once...gotta love it!
I also felt so much better during this Faire than in previous ones. Last year, I couldn't stand for more than 20 minutes or so before having to sit down. This year, I was on my feet for 5-6 hours before sitting down...and even then, I could have remained standing if I'd needed to... :)
Also, after the Faire I felt basically pretty good...not like before with my super sore feet and sore body...I was a little tired, but no more than anyone else, and I felt much better than many of my friends who are a year older and no thinner! :) Ciaofornow 'till I feel like posting again!
06/16/06--Greetings All! Well, shit! I got on the scale yesterday and today, and it said 191lbs...what the hell!?? I suddenly jumped up two pounds! I don't think I've really eaten two extra pounds worth of food in the last couple days, but who knows...
Well, I've had fluxuations before...but it sucks to have one so close to my goal...so I'm gonna keep my "official" weight at 189...'cause I'm sure it'll go down again to 189...and then beyond! Keeping my fingers crossed! Ciaofornow 'till I feel like posting again! :)
08/22/06--Greetings All! Well, this last Saturday was my One Year Anniversary...WooHoo! I've lost a total of 173 pounds and at 185 lbs I'm at the smallest size I've been in my adult life...wow! I didn't quite make my goal by my surgery date as I'd wanted to, but since I'm only five pounds away I'm not stressin' about it too much! :)
The weight loss has pretty much stopped by this point. My body is basically back to "normal" I think. It's the way it was before surgery, in that I'm not losing weight every day. Now it comes down to eating right and exercising...just like normal folks...go figure! :) So the second stage of the battle begins...here we go! Ciaofornow till I feel like posting again!
10/26/06--Greetings All! Well, I just got back from a trip to Chicago to meet up with several folks from the WLS Singles Board and we had a great time! Then, after that, I stayed with Barb at her home in Minnesota for a week, and that was a very good time as well! ;) We got to pretend we were a couple during that time... :) And, to top everything off, I FINALLY hit my goal weight of 180 pounds...WooHoo! In fact, I weighed myself this morning and found I was down to 178 pounds...wow! Although, I know from past expierence that I will start fluctuating between 1-3 pounds again, but at least I'll be fluctuating at a lower weight...pretty cool! Well, so long 'till I feel like posting again!